To a lesser degree beef, poultry, lamb and goat, eggs, beans, corn on the cob, lentils, parsley, carrots, wild mushrooms, and other vegetables are often used to create soup, and other dishes. Fruit like apples, plums, apricots, peaches, and cherries, are also traditionally eaten.
As a result, wheat was milled into bread, dumplings and noodles. Potatoes were boiled or made into potato dumplings, and milk was made into products such as butter, cream, sour cream, buttermilk, and various types of local rustic cheese.
Pork is the big thing, and typically made into sausages.
The Slovakians or Slovaks also have their own traditional blood sausage, smoked bacon, and lard.
Beef and chicken, as well as rabbit and venison is widely used, and sometimes goose.
Black bread or rye bread is as a direct influence from Austria, and many Slovakians or Slovaks eat bread for breakfast or for lunch with soup. Very frequently for dinner too!
Traditional drinks tend to be milk or beer!
We went to Bratislava, and this is what we had!
9 TRADITIONAL EAST EUROPEAN THINGS TO EAT IN SLOVAKIA!
The food was great, the outdoor location was lovely, the prices were fantastic, but the service was rubbish, and I was not impressed in the least!
They seemed to think that because they get a whole barrage of tourists, who don’t know any better, the staff can blatantly cheat them.
I hate people who cheat.
I consider it akin to stealing.
I hate stealing too.
I’ve experienced this numerous times in both Slovakia AND the Czech Republic where prices are so cheap that it’s easy for the staff to change the order around, add “extra” bits that the customer didn’t request, or just simply, serve the most expensive item on the menu, even though the customer ordered something completely different!
In this case, not only did the restaurant get our order wrong, they even had the cheek to charge the complete bill of their local Slovakian mates, from the next table!
My suspicions were raised when the bill started with the butter that I ordered, but never received…..!
I had promised “The Tall Young Gentleman” a feast, so this is what we had:
A “Klubovňa” hamburger
A huge “Klubovňa” hamburger is a beef burger with homemade BBQ sauce, bacon, cheddar, served with sour pickles, onions, french fries, and a small pot of baked garlic mayonnaise sauce!
Cost: A hefty €10.99
I’m not into burgers. Or beef for that matter!
I prefer lamb.
Anyway, I wasn’t very hungry so I had:
A Gril. bravcova klobasa
The Gril. bravcova klobasa is a Slovakian grilled pork sausage served with a small bowl of mustard, a small bowl of spicy horseradish sauce, a small basket of bread, with a spicy hot pepper stuck on top of the sausage!
I was so impressed with the sausage that here is a closer look!
After that, we decided to have dessert.
We had a Smotanova torta jahodova
A smotanova torta jahodova is a sponge biscuit cake filled with cream, vanilla, a strawberry purée topping, vanilla, and served with kiwi fruit and castor sugar!
It was quite delicious!
We washed it all down with a huge glass of Zlanty bazant tank beer and Kofola – the traditional Slovak cola drink!
Cost for the beer: €2.78
Cost for the Kofola: €1.69
On our last night we went to a local restaurant just one (1) minute away from our hostel.
The only person who spoke English was a teenage boy, but the food and service was so top-notch that if I ever went back to Bratislava, I might actually stay there instead!
I liked what I saw.
It’s a bit old school reminding me of the Hotel Neptun Castle on the Polish Baltic Sea, but the restaurant also has a hotel that was opened in 1904, is authentic, local, historical, and a family business.
So why not?
They also had proper Slovak or Slovakian prices so we had the set menu, as the menu was in Slovak and we didn’t really know what we were going to get lol!
Our first course was a dish of Slovak or Slovakian pierogi dumplings and Bryndzové Halušky.
I love pierogi of course, so that was a no-brainer, but I only nibbled at the Bryndzové Halušky, as I didn’t like it!
I discreetly swopped my half-full dish with my son’s empty one, as the hotel owner was hovering, proud of her food.
The second course for “The Tall Young Gentleman” was Viennese veal cutlet or Wiener Schnitzel.
Viennese veal cutlet or Wiener Schnitzel is very thin, breaded and pan-fried cutlet made from veal slices, butterfly cut, lightly pounded flat, and rolled in flour, whipped eggs, and bread crumbs.
It’s the national dish of Austria and due to the regional and historical closeness, found it’s way to Slovakia.
It was served with slices of lemon, and a side salad of tomatoes, lettuce, and spring onions.
The schnitzel was so huge that even “The Tall Young Gentleman” couldn’t manage it!
My second course was grilled salmon with green beans served with slices of lemon, a side salad, and a small plate of potato wedges!
Here’s another look at the whole picture. Including the wedges!
For dessert, we had a lovely scoop of ice-cream, melon chunks, and grapes.
What a delight!
Cost for all three (3) servings: A marvellous €8.99
Cost for a glass of wine: €1.50
Cost for a glass of Kofola: €1.50
I don’t think you could do any better. And on a Sunday night too!
That’s it for now.
In the coming weeks, I’ll be writing about art and films in Berlin, travels to the German Baltic Sea, as well as a comprehensive post on how to use the train in Europe!
9 TRADITIONAL EAST EUROPEAN THINGS TO EAT IN SLOVAKIA!
This article is not sponsored, and all opinions and the tasty sausage, cheese and ice-cream that we licked our chops for, are my very own!
I’ll be at the official photocall for THE ONE Grand Show before the World Premiere at the Friedrichstadt-Palast on October 6th. With more than 100 artists on the world’s biggest theatre stage, a budget of over €11 million, and extravagant costumes designed by Jean Paul Gaultier, you know it’s going to be epic!
If you’re not in Berlin in September, I can’t image where else you would be!
Watch this space!
Have you ever had traditional East European food? Can you think of other Slovak or Slovakian food? Can you guess the Chinese-speaking country that I’ll be going to? Have your say!
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The Slavs arrived in the territory of present-day Slovakia in the 5th and 6th centuries. In the 10th century, the territory was integrated into the Kingdom of Hungary, which later became part of the Habsburg Empire and the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
After World War I and the dissolution of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the Slovaks and Czechs established Czechoslovakia, and on 1st January 1993, Slovakia became an independent state, after the peaceful dissolution of Czechoslovakia.
A prime example of how two nations, even after separation, still live together and or are, connected to each other, without hate and strive!
SHOULD YOU VISIT BRATISLAVA, OR STAY AT HOME AND NOT BOTHER!
Bratislava,is the capital of Slovakia.
Bratislava, for much of its history, was a three-language town. Its citizens spoke Slovak, Hungarian and German, and was always quite cosmopolitan in nature. Before 1919, Bratislava was known as Pressburg, Prešporok, Prešpurk, Pozsony, Břetislaw, Bratislav, and finally Bratislava!
Slovakia is a small country, so the capital has a population of just 450,000 – the largest city in the country!
Bratislava in southwestern Slovakia, occupies the banks of the River Danube and the left bank of the River Morava. It borders both Austria and Hungary, and is the only capital city in the world that borders two independent countries, separated by just 66 kilometres!
Bratislava has been strongly influenced by people of different nations and religions, namely from Austria, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Germany, Serbia, Hungary, and the Jewish nation. Not only that, but between 1867 and 1918, Slovakia, Austria and Hungary were parts of the same country, otherwise known as the Austro-Hungarian Empire!
The snag is to book tickets with the national train companies, directly. On their own websites, or through the German Rail otherwise known as Deutsche Bahn. Most websites have an English version. Some can be admittedly slightly hidden, but persevere, or contact them directly by calling, or via Email!
The cheapest way to ease into buying train tickets through most European countries (not all), is to actually book through the Deutsche Bahn portal on the local German English version not the UK or USA version! Note that for Germany, Austria, Belgium, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Holland, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden and Switzerland, if you’re going by train, I don’t recommend that you do so by InterRail or EuroRail passes, if you’re only travelling to one country,as the prices are ridiculously expensive and children have to be paid for!
I bought a five (5) hour train journey ticket (second class) to travel from Prague to Berlin. In August for just €29.00! And don’t forget, on the German inter-city Deutsche Bahn trains, children under 15 years old, travelling with their relatives, are free and cost nothing at all!
Bratislava has presence, but is not very well looked after!
In fact, “The Tall Young Gentleman” wasn’t in the least impressed, but I’m putting it down to the fact that just the weekend prior, we were in a luxury hotel in Luxembourg, and he was treated like a king!
Whenever we go on a family holiday, I like to mix things up a little in order to experience a wide variety of accommodation possibilities, to meet the locals, and to stretch our budget in a more comfortable way.
Downtown Backpacker’s is a hostel situated in the historical quarter of the city, and the first hostel in the country!
It’s located 15 minutes walking distance from the main train station, and is one minute from the Presidential Palace!
I had booked a private twin room of course, as I liked the idea of paintings on the wall. We were put on the top floor and into what would have been the best room in the hostel – Mucha – as the private double room also came with it’s own balcony.
Sadly, no one was able to open it, and so we looked through what would have been our private balcony, with our private outdoor table, where we would have watched our private sunset, whilst I sipped a glass of Slovakian wine as I wrote my blog!
But it was not to be, as the balcony door lock was broken!
Our room came with two single bed and bedsheets already laid out, two large wardrobe-like lockers, two chairs, two standing lamps, a glass table, a large private balcony with a further four chairs, paintings, illustrations, advertisements, postcards, and designs, dotted all over the room, and free WiFi.
There were side plugs, but only on one side of the room, so “The Tall Young Gentleman” wasn’t in the least pleased!
The hostel had a large fully-equipped kitchen, a small dining room, a terrace that turns into a garden, a library, a piano, a large common TV, a dryer, a washing machine, and a very comfy large common room, which for some reason, one man spent every night sleeping in! And shared bathrooms and toilets on every floor.
The bathroom on the lower floor is nicer, and larger!
There’s also a free shot, free tea and coffee, and a really nice paid breakfast with a 10% discount, if you’re a hostel guest!
We paid €50.00 per night.
It was a nice hostel, and the hostel staff were great and extremely warm and friendly. Highly recommended.
Bratislava is small. Everywhere is walkable, but local trams, buses, and cruises are simple to use.
In the olden days, the capital cities of Austria and Hungary were so close, that they were connected by a tram line!
Sadly, after World War II, the tram line was closed down!
Bratislava, Vienna, and Budapest are connected by the river Danube via a cruise ferry, and there are frequent bus and train connections. In fact, many tourists happily go from at least one of these countries to the other, on a day-trip.
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